dump/restore (or "star") and SELinux problems

Stephen Smalley sds at tycho.nsa.gov
Fri Apr 28 11:37:14 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-04-27 at 19:19 -0700, Kayvan A. Sylvan wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 12:54:57PM -0400, Stephen Smalley wrote:
> > 
> > Did you try following the instructions in the SELinux FAQ:
> > http://fedora.redhat.com/docs/selinux-faq-fc5/#id2978236
> > 
> > In particular, using -xattr and -H=exustar options.  -acl is specific to
> > POSIX ACLs I believe.
> I created the archive using the -xattr and -Hexustar options. With my
> system up, I can restore it to a different directory and the files
> are correctly labeled.
> However, booted into the FC5 rescue mode, I get the following message for
> every file:
>   star: Can not setup security context for 'testfile'. Not created.
> The files end up looking like this afterwards:
> # ls -lZ
> -rw-r--r--  root     root     system_u:object_r:unlabeled_t    testfile
> So, it looks as if using dump/restore or "star", I have the same
> inability to preserve security context. This is a practical problem for
> me since I am wanting to recreate my partitions using an LVM.
> Anyone have any other ideas?
> Thanks for all the help so far!!!

Can you add a comment to the existing bugzilla report for dump/restore,
and add a new bug for star with this information, please?  Thanks.

Stephen Smalley
National Security Agency

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